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About Us

The District 39 Educational Foundation, a 501c(3) non-profit organization, raises funds for projects that expand, enrich, and complement educational opportunities for the students, staff, and community in District 39. We provide programs and materials through our Gripp Grants that our community is not able to fund with tax dollars alone. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees includes parents, teachers, business owners, and other members of the District 39 community.

The Foundation’s Mission

  • Promote educational innovation and excellence
  • Encourage community involvement and support for education
  • Challenge educators to raise their aspirations for educational programs
  • Increase students’ global awareness and understanding of human diversity
  • Expand opportunities for students to fulfill their varied interests and talents

Foundation Trustees for 2021-2022


Julie Hanahan – Chair
Karen Fischer – Vice-Chair

Kristie O’Neill – Treasurer
Linda McKenzie – Secretary

Committee Chairpersons

Rebecca Lieber – Board Development Chair

Kari Walles – Special Projects Chair

Nancy Schumacher – Event Planning Committee Chair

Karen Fischer – Gripp Grant Committee Chair

Iqbal Brainch – Marketing Committee Chair

Debbie Lincoln – Math and Science Chair

Additional Board Members

Stephanie Adam
Carla Benigni
Erica Cordier
Kari Cremascoli
Betsy Crosswhite

Sean Daley

Amanda Doblin
Nazish Faruqi
Megan Gemp
Carmel Glynn
Carolin Huh
Samridhi Jain
Trevor Jesse
Beth Karnes
Jolie McLaughlin
Sara McSpedon
Krista Mayer
Jessica Moskowitz
Stephanie Reich
Lindsay Shea
Robin Sheperd
Jackie Zorger

Honored Lifetime Member

Sam Mikaelian